2019-05-11: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-12). Sabotage? No water for activists besieged in Venezuela's US embassy, govt. denies cut-off. rt.com Anti-coup activists holed up in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC say they have been left with no utilities after the water supply got shut off or disrupted. The municipal water provider has denied responsibility.

Michael Welch (2019-05-12). The 5G Revolution: Millions of "Human Guinea Pigs" in Big Telecom's Global Experiment. globalresearch.ca "If you are one of the millions who seek faster downloads of movies, games and virtual pornography, a solution is at hand, that is, if you do not mind volunteering your living body in a giant uncontrolled experiment on the …

RT (2019-05-12). Better act NOW! Trump threatens China with 'far worse' trade deal in his 2nd term. rt.com The self-proclaimed master of deal-making, US President Donald Trump, has warned Beijing against waiting out his term in hopes of a more lenient approach from a successor, saying he will insist on even worse conditions after 2020.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). U.S. Military Still Actively Plotting Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States government is keeping the "military option" open in its bid to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government stated through an official statement. | RELATED: | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãCodepink: 'US Govt Turns Off Water in Venezuela Embassy' | "As Venezuela has been denouncing since January, the U.S. instigates, promotes, organizes and finances an irresponsible campaign aime…

Gareth Porter (2019-05-11). Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran. truthdig.com John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran. | Bolton presented his threat and the deployments as a response to alleged intelligence about a possible Iranian attack on U.S. targets in the Middle East. Bu…

Hans Stehling (2019-05-11). Rockets Remind the World of the 12-Year Blockade of 1.8 Million Gazans. globalresearch.ca The blockade of the Gaza Strip is the ongoing land, air, and sea blockade of essential food, medical and building supplies imposed by Israel in 2007 under the pretext of arms-control but which, in reality, is in order to try …

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Ahed Tamimi Protests for Palestinians in UK. telesurenglish.net Ahed Tamimi, an icon of Palestinian resistance, is on the front lines of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Stop The War Coalition march Saturday in London to protest against Israel's bombing of Gaza and long-time illegal occupation of Palestinian land. | RELATED: | Israelis Storm Home, Arrest Younger Brother of Ahed Tamimi | Tamimi is from the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. She rose to prominence when she was jailed for eight months in Israel…

Telesur (2019-05-11). Venezuela: President Maduro Reveals General Behind Coup Recruited by CIA. globalresearch.ca General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, one of the masterminds behind the coup attempt of April 30, had been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States for more than a year, the president said. | President of …

Joaquin Flores (2019-05-11). Pompeo Suffers Meltdown over Venezuela's Arrest of Coup-Backer, Zambrano. globalresearch.ca US State Department head Mike Pompeo has suffered a public meltdown, reacting forcefully that the constitutional government of Venezuela actually arrested a key member of the upper house of parliament (AN) — Edgar Zambrano — who was actively engaged in …

Yves Engler (2019-05-11). Trudeau Continues Push to Overthrow Venezuela's Government. globalresearch.ca The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. | During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba.On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone …

plenglish (2019-05-11). Venezuela Takes Actions against People Involved in Attempted Coup. plenglish.com Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have continued the investigations into the April 30 coup attempt, behind which the United States is, according to recent revelations.

Eric Zuesse (2019-05-11). How Lies Become "Facts" in U.S. "News" dissidentvoice.org On Fox News Channel's May 2nd edition of "The Story with Martha MacCallum" was alleged, by the program host (at 2: 45 in this video), that one reason we must invade Venezuela (if we will) is that "People have lost 24 pounds" there. So (her point was), if we invade, that's not evil, it's no coup, …

plenglish (2019-05-11). Bolivarian Project Demonstrated that Social Justice Can Be Done. plenglish.com Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The United States is trying to eliminate the Bolivarian Revolution because the project demonstrated that social justice can be done, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Wins With 57% of Votes. telesurenglish.net South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed Saturday the victory of the African National Congress (ANC) and president Cyril Ramaphosa with 57.50% of the vote. | RELATED: | Partial Vote Counting in South Africa Confirms Victory by ANC | ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚&Auml…

Yves Engler (2019-05-11). Canada's Justin Trudeau Continues Push to overthrow Venezuela's Government. dissidentvoice.org The effort Justin Trudeau is putting into overthrowing Venezuela's government is remarkable. During the past 12 days the prime minister has raised the issue separately with the leaders of the EU, Spain, Japan and Cuba. On Tuesday Trudeau had a phone conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk focused almost entirely on Venezuela, according to …

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from Dominican Republic. telesurenglish.net The Bolivarian government has announced that they will increase the number of flights that bring home Venezuelan migrants from abroad. The 'Return To The Homeland' scheme provides free flights to Venezuelans looking to return to their country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from the Dominican Republic | Head of the state airline Conviasa, Ramon Velazquez Araguayan, said Saturday, "We've seen the quintupling of the number of co-nationals that want to return vo…

Social Movements of Venezuela (2019-05-11). Statement from Venezuelan social movements to Embassy Protectors in U.S. liberationnews.org "Your defense of the headquarters of the Embassy of the Venezuelan State in Washington, D.C. is an emblematic case of struggle for respect of international law, human rights and the right of peoples to choose their own form of government."

teleSUR (2019-05-11). US: New Rule Will Evict Up to 55,000 Legal Immigrant Children. telesurenglish.net A new rule has been proposed by the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration Friday, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has inferred will lead to the eviction of over 55,000 children with legal residency or citizenship. | RELATED: | Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities | The proposed plan seeks to "require the verification of the eligible immigration status of all recipients of [subsidized housing] who are under the age of 62,"

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-11). Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran. globalresearch.ca The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky book entitled: The Globalization of War. America's Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here | This chapter provides a …

WSWS (2019-05-11). Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions. wsws.org The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack. telesurenglish.net The United States has deployed an assault ship and a missile battery to the Middle East region, the Pentagon announced in a release Friday but did not elaborate on what the defence headquarters stated was to combat threatening actions displayed by Iran. | RELATED: | Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Obtain Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu | "It's important that Iran understand that an attack on [U.S. nationals] or its interests will be met with an appropriate response," ABC News reported…

WSWS (2019-05-11). With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger. wsws.org The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Afghan Journalist, Women's Education Advocate Shot Dead. telesurenglish.net Gunmen shot and killed a former television journalist and cultural adviser to the Afghan parliament in Kabul Saturday, underlining threats to women and drawing widespread condemnation. | RELATED | Afghan Women Activists Wary of 'Superficial' Female Presence in Taliban Peace Talks | Mina Mangal, who used to report for prominent TV station Ariana News, was killed by two unidentified men on a motorbike close to her home in eastern Kabul in a public place, police…

WSWS (2019-05-11). New York City public housing fire kills six. wsws.org A fire in a Harlem building owned by the New York City Housing Authority killed two adults and four children.

Phyllis Bennis (2019-05-11). The alarming rise of civilian deaths in the war on terror. nationofchange.org New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-05-11). Al Baghdadi: The US Couldn't Wish for a Greater Ally. globalresearch.ca With US-backed militants having already reached the full extent of their gains on the battlefield and now facing incremental but inevitable defeat — the US appeared to be out of time and out of options. | Then suddenly — as if …

Miko Peled (2019-05-11). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" globalresearch.ca The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, …

Jake Johnson (2019-05-11). Chelsea Manning Released from Jail, but Fresh Subpoena Means 'She May Have Just over a Week of Freedom'. globalresearch.ca U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from jail Thursday after being held for 62 days— including a month in solitary confinement—for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury, but she could be imprisoned again as soon as …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-11). Washington Had the Wrong Approach to US-China Trade Talks from the Start. globalresearch.ca The long-running trade talks between the U.S. and China seem to have unfortunately fizzled out, but while American commentators are busy blaming Beijing for their apparent failure, the fact of the matter is that President Donald Trump's team had …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-05-11). Trump Has Defied Nearly All Subpoenas. What Can the House Do? globalresearch.ca After the redacted Mueller report was made public, Donald Trump tweeted, "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION." But when the House Judiciary Committee asked to see Mueller's full report, Trump said no way. | The Constitution gives Congress …

Andrew Emett (2019-05-11). Former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified info to reporters. nationofchange.org A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with providing classified information to several reporters from The Intercept. According to federal officials, the analyst repeatedly met with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill before giving him secret documents detailing the U.S. military's drone strike operations in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen. | According to the indictment, Daniel Everette Hale was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013, during which time he received language and intelligence training. While serving on active duty, Hale was assigned to work at…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Yemen: Houthis Agree to Hand Over 3 Major Ports to Government. telesurenglish.net The Yemen-based Houthi group has agreed to remove forces from three of the country's key ports over a four-day period, starting Saturday, a senior United Nations (U.N.) official confirmed Friday. | RELATED: | Yemen: Houthi Forces Agree to Withdraw From 2 Ports | The Houthis will start leaving the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras-Issa, according to Reuters, citing chair of the U.N'.s Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), who was charged to oversee the process, Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesga…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Yemeni Houthis Start Port Withdrawal According to UN Agreement. telesurenglish.net The Houthi rebels of Yemen have begun Saturday to retreat from two strategic ports on the Red Sea coast, in the west of the country, based on an agreement with the internationally recognized government and under the supervision of United Nations, sources of the insurgents informed today. | RELATED: | Yemen: Houthis Agree to Hand Over 3 Major Ports to Government

plenglish (2019-05-11). Petroleos Mexicanos to Present Business Plan this Month. plenglish.com Mexico, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Business Plan of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) will be presented this month, and investments in deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico will be cancelled to focus on shallow water and land projects, an executive announced recently.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Poland: Far-Right Supporters Protest Against Jewish Restitution. telesurenglish.net From Poland's Prime Minister's office to the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, thousands of far-right supporters marched, rejecting the U.S.-imposed law which demands restitution of Jewish property, confiscated during or post World War II. | RELATED: | Russia Celebrates 'Victory Day' Defeat of Nazis at WW II | Carrying placards with slogans including "Poland h…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns. telesurenglish.net In an interview aired Friday by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva warned that his country's problems will not be solved by governmental decisions that facilitate the use of weapons instead of promoting education. | RELATED: | BBC to Broadcast Lula's Interview Banned by Local Brazilian TV | The Workers' Party leader said Bolsonaro, "barbarously defends an armed, police state. He only makes that firing gesture. In his…

Fabian Van Onzen (2019-05-11). Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism. mronline.org In the final stage of fascism, the fascist state has consolidated power and freed itself of its petty-bourgeois class origins. Poulantzas says that this is the most brutal stage, for it involves violent purges at the state level to remove the petty-bourgeoisie, and terroristic repression over the masses. | Source

WSWS (2019-05-11). Eugenics advocate Noah Carl dismissed from Cambridge University fellowship. wsws.org Carl's dismissal is a victory over a global campaign to revive far-right ideology on university campuses.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Shanahan Goes to Texas, Pentagon Aims to Harden Mexico Border. telesurenglish.net Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will make his second trip to the Unite States/Mexico border Saturday as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | RELATED: | Revolving Door: Trump's Pick for Defense Secretary Shows Deep Ties With Boeing | Two days after the Whit…

RT (2019-05-11). Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence. rt.com Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. |

Zach Campbell (2019-05-11). Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders. theintercept.com The EU is funding the development of AI-powered drones that would autonomously patrol Europe's borders. The project's potential for military use can't be ignored.

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Mexico: Explosion in Tultepec Leaves One Dead, Seven Injured. telesurenglish.net Several people were injured and one person has died after a devastating explosion in Tultepec, Mexico took place Saturday morning, authorities report. | RELATED: | Mexican Mothers Continue 23-City March For Missing 40,000 | The explosion was allegedly caused by a fire at a pyrotechnics workshop in the state of Mexico and detonated at approximately 10: 30 a.m. The fire…

Juan Cole (2019-05-11). US Hits Milestone of 2 Million Home Solar Installations, To Double by 2023. commondreams.org Workers install a solar panel array on a home in San Diego in 2017. (Photo: Howard Lipin/San Diego Union-Tribune) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

United Nations (2019-05-11). World Migratory Bird Day highlights deadly risks of plastic pollution. un.org Saturday marks World Migratory Bird Day which, this year, is raising awareness about the serious threats that plastic pollution poses to bird life, with a call for urgent measures to end the problem.

WSWS (2019-05-11). Free Assange NZ denounces hypocrisy at World Press Freedom Day event. wsws.org Alex Hills from Free Assange New Zealand condemned the British government's "brazen hypocrisy" and called on the media to "end the smears and lies about an anti-war hero."

Lee Fang (2019-05-11). Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort. theintercept.com At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…

WSWS (2019-05-11). The Uber IPO: Billions for investors, increased exploitation for workers. wsws.org The global strikes and protests by Uber and Lyft drivers amid an orgy of stockholder enrichment underscore the need for workers to adopt an international socialist strategy.

Staff (2019-05-11). Democrats Against Impeachment Invite Autocracy and a Loss in 2020. truthout.org Long before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report dropped, it became crystal clear that the sitting president of the United States has committed serious crimes. We need leaders in Congress who are ready and willing to rise to the occasion by checking and balancing the executive branch. Failing to impeach will only embolden our kleptocrat-in-chief. | Many supporters of impeachment proceedings have…

Edward Curtin (2019-05-11). Looking Through the Screen at the World's Suffering. globalresearch.ca "If you are really going to be free, you have to overcome the love of wealth and the fear of death." — Martin Luther King, Jr. as quoted by Andrew Young in the documentary "King in the Wilderness" | Most people …

UPWA (2019-05-11). "Free Lunch" Billionaire GAP & A's Owner Fisher Offering Free Food For New Stadium. indybay.org Broadway & Waters St. | Oakland…

Labor Video Project (2019-05-11). Drivers United Will Never Be Defeated! Uber/Lyft Global Day of Action in San Francisco. indybay.org Hundreds of UBER/Lyft drivers and their supporters joined a global day of protest at the headquarters of UBER in San Francisco on May 8, 2019. Drivers said they are being driven to slave labor conditions while an IPO will make more billionaires from their labor.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-11). Silicon Valley Giants Collaborate With the US Government on Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Whenever you speak out on a public forum against internet censorship, like the recent Instagram/Facebook banning of Louis Farrakhan, Infowars, and several right-wing pundits, you always offend two major political groups. The first group are the power-serving authoritarians who identify with the left side of the political spectrum; they argue that it's good and right to …

Staff (2019-05-11). US Plays Word Games in Arctic Council Consensus While Ignoring Indigenous People. truthout.org This is why the Arctic matters to us all: The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet, showing temperature increases twice as large as global averages. | ,," users="[object Object]" index="2″>"Sea ice, snow cover, glaciers and permafrost are all diminishing due to Arctic warming. Vulnerable ecosystems in the Arctic are under threat," reports the Arctic Council. "Climate change causes rapidly changing living conditions for 4 million Arctic inhabitants. Hunting, fishing and herding activities are threatened by changes in snow and ice conditions. Traditional livelihoods…

Rima Najjar (2019-05-11). The Zionist Idea Has Never Been More Terrifying than It Is Today. globalresearch.ca On this seventy-first annual commemoration of Palestine's Jewish-state Nakba, let's resolve not to continue to oversimplify things. | Whether you believe the American rabbi and historian Arthur Hertzberg's assessment of the Zionist idea as "unprecedented … an essential dialogue between …

Staff (2019-05-11). 80 Million Korean People Must Not Be Reduced to a DC Bargaining Chip. truthout.org The April 27 Panmunjom Declaration was indeed a historic event. The path to peace and reconciliation since then has been rocky, but the effort cannot be allowed to fail, or even to be delayed. It is too important. The promise is too great to be lost, the costs of failure are too grim to contemplate. | —Noam Chomsky to TruthoutOn the one-year anniversary of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration, the landmark inter-Korean agree…

Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (2019-05-11). Oakland VegFest 2019. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheater…

Roya Brake & Rebekah Padilla (2019-05-11). Families Belong Together | Peaceful Action Protest. indybay.org WALNUT CREEK: | – South Side corner of Ygnacio Valley Road and N. Civic Drive | – Iron Horse Trail Bridge above Ygnacio Valley Road (please plan to use effectively large signage in this area)…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-11). Juan Guaido Would "Probably Accept" a US Offer to Invade Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — After last week's US-backed coup failed to install Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela, Guaido remains keen to be supported by the US, and told Italian newspaper La Stampa that he would "probably accept" a US offer to invade. Though the Trump Administration has constantly threatened to invade Venezuela in recent months, it appears they have yet to …

DLI (2019-05-11). Mafia Don Twits another tantrum ahead of crucial trade talks. indybay.org 2 days before the crucial trade talks between China and the USA(the 2 largest economies in the world), "Mafia Don"(ald) T-rump threw another Twitter tantrum, by threatening to charge 10% – 25% tariffs on $200 Billions' worth of imports from China. This additional gouging would be on top of last year's unilateral tariff on $50 Billions' worth of Chinese goods coming into this country. But really, what kind of lunatic would poison the mood of these delicate negotiations–practically at the eleventh hour–by publicly humiliating the incoming Chinese delegation? The world has rarely seen such a blustering buffoon, at…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-11). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-11). 'Stop Arming Israel, Stop Bombing Gaza': Thousands March in London Demanding Justice for Palestinians. commondreams.org "Palestine has the right to exist but sadly that is a right that is increasingly threatened. Palestinians should be able to live free from ever expanding settlements on stolen land." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

CP Editor (2019-05-11). Support Ken Silverstein's Investigation of Sen. Marco Rubio at Washington Babylon. counterpunch.org

Aabid Firdausi (2019-05-11). India at Crossroads—Far-Right, Right, or Left? commondreams.org Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at a rally. (Photo: PTI) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-11). 'One More Reason to Refuse to Give Defense Department $733 Billion' as Pentagon Shifts Funds to Trump Border Wall. commondreams.org "Obviously they don't need it because they keep diverting billions, without congressional authorization, to Trump's vanity wall," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). Headlines for May 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Increases Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods, Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief, Former U.S. Intel Analyst Charged Over Whistleblowing About Drone Program, Chelsea Manning Freed from Jail After 62 Days as WikiLeaks Grand Jury Expires, Dozens of Civilians Die as Syrian and Russian Warplanes Pound Idlib, Baghdad Suicide Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills 8, French Activists Contest Saudi Arms Shipment, Citing Civilian Deaths in Yemen, U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship, Accusing it of Violating Sanctions, Water and Power Cut to Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. as Activists Continue Occupation, Alabama Sen…

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-10). MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Govt Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists in plain sight. These actions are sadly taking place in a country that prides itself on upholding the First Amendment to its Constitution, which should be protecting press freedom.

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-10). MintPress, Grayzone journalists endure US govt blackout and siege at Venezuelan embassy in DC. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists by cutting electricity to Venezuela's DC embassy. By Mnar…

Serge Halimi (2019-05-10). US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever. counterpunch.org It only took a few months under Donald Trump's presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela with military intervention, and declare a readiness to More

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-10). Venezuelan Central Bank Liberalizes Forex Operations. venezuelanalysis.com Public and private banks will run foreign currency operations through "exchange tables."

RT (2019-05-10). Venezuela coup enthusiast Rubio says China is secretly propping up Maduro. rt.com Neocon US Senator and Venezuela regime change crusader Marco Rubio claims China is secretly backing President Nicolas Maduro by 'shutting down the internet' to thwart Washington-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. |

Eds. (2019-05-10). Leaked: USA's Feb 2018 plan for coup in Venezuela. mronline.org This was far more than just a military plan. It was comprehensive—directing military, diplomatic, and propaganda, policies—regarding the Trump Administration's planned "Overthrow" of Venezuela's Government. | Source

WSWS (2019-05-10). Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader. wsws.org Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

teleSUR (2019-05-10). President Maduro Reveals General Behind Coup Recruited by CIA. telesurenglish.net General Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, one of the masterminds behind the coup attempt of April 30, had been recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States for more than a year, the president said. | RELATED: | Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker for Attempted Coup | President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro also revealed new details Friday about those responsible for the attempted coup this past April 30, supported and di…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-10). Propaganda: U.S. media's role in the Venezuela coup that never was. peoplesworld.org

Peter Lackowski (2019-05-10). A first-hand account from Caracas from the day of the coup through May Day. mronline.org Today there was a farcical attempt to take a military airport that fizzled. It turned into a dozen or so guys throwing stones and being ignored. The Guardian is shamelessly running video of something that happened weeks ago as though it were today. We were there and it was all normal. | Source

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

Staff (2019-05-10). Cuba to Ration Food in Wake of Economic Crisis. truthdig.com Economists and government officials blame the hardening of the trade embargo by the Trump administration and a plunge in aid from Venezuela.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-05-10). An admiral's blatantly 'colonialist' tweet exposes US policy on Venezuela for what it is. thecanary.co A top US economist has hit the nail on the head regarding Washington's blatantly 'colonialist' attitude towards Venezuela. | On 9 May, the current head of US Southern Command (which oversees US military interests in Central and South America) explained how he looks forward to working with Venezuelan army defectors "when invite…

Fight Back (2019-05-10). Dallas: Cuba and Venezuela solidarity forum leads to new coalition. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – About 20 people came to Pan-African Connection in Oak Cliff, Dallas, May 9, to show solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela, and brainstorm ways to organize against imperialist threats against them from the U.S. government. Akwete Tyehimba of Pan-African Connection hosted the forum. Many of the participants were from local socialist groups but others said they were unaffiliated. | Starting off the forum, George Chalmers of the Socialist Workers Party discussed his recent trip as part of a delegation attending May Day celebrations in Havana. Chalmers spoke on the strong support of socialism in Cuba among t…

RT (2019-05-10). 'ISIS with lipstick': Imam of Peace rips 'Islamist agenda' in Congress. rt.com Bad leadership and propping up extremists are helping radicalize young Muslims in the West, "Imam of Peace" Mohamad Tawhidi told RT, not sparing the recently elected Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

ACLU (2019-05-10). Iraqi Immigrants Deserve Their Day in Court. aclu.org My dad was almost deported without a fair hearing. But a new bill could ensure that doesn't happen again | This week, two of my home-state congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that approximately 1,000 Iraqis who are now at risk of deportation or detention are given two years to have their immigration cases heard. I'm so grateful to Congressman Andy Levin (D-Mich.) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Mich.) for their action because no other family should ha…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Workers rally around the world for May Day. greenleft.org.au As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…

teleSUR (2019-05-10). Bolivia's Social Movements Meet to Discuss Elections. telesurenglish.net Representatives of Bolivia's labor unions and Indigenous groups met with leftist President Evo Morales to discuss electoral strategy ahead of general elections this October. | RELATED: | Bolivia Under Evo Morales: 13 Years of Reclaiming Sovereignty | The groups met to decide which candidates will run under the MAS (Movement Towards Socialism) ticket. The MAS is the ruling party, headed up by president Evo Morales. However, resolutions were also passed in regards to the ideol…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-10). Do EU Nations Side with the US over Iran on the JCPOA? globalresearch.ca As long as the US was onboard, Iran nuclear deal signatories Britain, France, and Germany supported its implementation and provisions — no longer after Trump's withdrawal. | Their rhetoric says one thing, their actions another. In response to Iran giving EU …

Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (2019-05-10). Why the U.S. Labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization. globalresearch.ca It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than hare-brained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-10). The US and Iran Flex Their Muscles. The Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) One Year after US Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca One year after the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (known also as JCPOA- Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action), the US is flexing its muscles by announcing an already previously scheduled departure of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike …

Staff (2019-05-10). The Trump Administration Is Manufacturing an Iran Crisis. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between professor Larry Wilkerson and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

United Nations (2019-05-10). Colombia: 'Terrible trend' of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for 'significant effort' to tackle impunity. un.org Alarmed by the "strikingly high number" of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in the country on Friday, called on authorities to "make a significant effort" to "tackle the endemic impunity" surrounding these cases.

Alan MacLeod (2019-05-10). 'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence. fair.org After opening fire at worshipers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, 19-year-old John T. Earnest was arrested. Earnest killed one woman and injured three other worshippers before his semi-automatic weapon jammed and he fled the scene, calling 911 himself to report the shooting. The shooter published …

Russell Mokhiber (2019-05-10). CIA Veteran to Chair Kent State 50th May 4 Commemoration Advisory Committee. counterpunch.org Kent State has appointed a 25 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to chair a committee to create plan and execute activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the shootings at the campus that killed four and wounded nine students on May 4, 1970. Stephanie Smith, an associate professor in Kent State's School More

David Rosen (2019-05-10). Suicide: An American Nightmare. counterpunch.org The American suicide rate is at a 50-year high. In 2017, 44,193 committed suicide in the U.S. and 1,652 killed themselves in New York State. In 2016, the City's Health Department reported that 525 people committed suicide. Billy G., a neighbor, recently committed suicide. His death went unreported, with no obit in the Times, let alone coverage by the rest of More

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-05-10). Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: Washington Couldn't Create a More Convenient Villain. mintpressnews.com Just as America's presence in Syria was becoming increasingly awkward and unsustainable, al-Baghdadi has again emerged — just in time to remind the global public that ISIS is still an enduring threat that will require America's continued presence in the region.

Sara Flounders (2019-05-10). Golan is Syria! workers.org A demonstration in front of the Israeli Mission in New York City denounced Trump's recognition of Israel's 52-year illegal annexation and occupation of Golan, a province of Syria. The protest was held May 6 — Martyrs' Day in Syria and Lebanon, and for over 100 years a commemoration of continuing . . . | Continue reading Golan is Syria! at Workers.org

debunkified (2019-05-10). Video: 5G Apocalypse, The Imminent Dangers. globalresearch.ca What is 5G? We need to know the dangers of this technology. | A full length documentary by Sacha Stone exposing the 5G existential threat to humanity in a way we never imagined possible! | Scientists, environmental groups, medical doctors and citizens …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-10). The Democrats and the Mueller Report: "Muellerisation" globalresearch.ca The psychic problems facing the Democrats continue to bite, and with their foiled efforts to see the full, unredacted report of the Mueller Report, they look distracted, confused and bitter. In politics, the sense of vengeance and retribution has a …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-10). Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism. globalresearch.ca Russia, most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Israel all celebrate the end of World War II on 9 May, with this year's commemoration in Moscow being the 74th in history. This solemn day marks the victory …

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-10). The Western American Empire Plays the War Card. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 14 of 16 | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April …

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